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Fay Ward’s lasting impact

Editor’s note: The following letter was originally sent to friends of Challenge Aspen.

Dear Editor:

Aspen lost a cherished local on Jan. 25 with the passing of Faylis Hasti Ward. Fay and her husband, Jim, were also a part of the Challenge Aspen family and two of the kindest, most wonderful people we ever had the pleasure of knowing.

Fay, as well as the entire Ward family, loved the outdoors and never let her disability get in the way of anything she chose to do. Fay and Jim showed up at the Challenge Aspen office one day many years ago and said, “We want to try one of those sit-skis for Fay.” She not only learned to sit-ski but was determined to become an independent monoskier and succeeded. She left a lasting impression on everyone she met with her beautiful smile and kind words.

We will always remember Fay for so graciously writing our staff multiple times a season to check in and let us know what she was up to and how much her ability to go out and ski with our program meant to her. Jim volunteers in our office and has been an integral part of making our recent office renovation a huge success. We will honor the memory of Fay by tirelessly pursuing our mission to provide life-changing experiences through adaptive recreation for people with disabilities. Fay was enjoying what she loved on the mountain right up until the day she left us. I hope we will all be so blessed.

Fay, thank you for truly giving so much to everyone you came in contact with.

Houston Cowan

CEO, Challenge Aspen